Picture this scene: anxious toddlers crying, some screaming, some whining and some watching silently with resigned, tear-filled eyes; a mother thrusts her little one into the arms of a teacher, who quickly walks away with the child; passers-by smi...
It's unclear why some kids pass through this phase with barely a whimper while other children become consumed by it. Whatever the reason or intensity, you'll be happy to know that your toddler will outgrow this phase.
Does your little one cry or cling to you or both as you're leaving the room or heading out the door? Your toddler may be experiencing separation anxiety.
Virtually every parent who has left a toddler with a caregiver has experienced the crumpled face, the arms velcro-locked around your knees, the wail that rips through your heart.
Separation anxiety varies widely between children. Some babies become hysterical when mom is out of sight for a very short time, while other children seem to demonstrate ongoing anxiety at separations during infancy, toddlerhood, and preschool.
A child who has separation anxiety disorder experiences such extreme distress when away from a parent or caregiver that she is unable to tolerate periods of separation that are expected at her age.
Your baby has been able to tell the difference between you and strangers from the earliest days of life. Young babies prefer their mothers and fathers (and others who are frequently involved), but will usually respond happily to others as well.
Separation anxiety is a completely normal developmental milestone that typically shows up around the 6-month mark, although it really doesn’t peak until those early toddler months, around 12 to 18 months.
Although every child is different, almost all young kids will experience some distress over daycare drop offs or make a fuss over farewells. Toronto parenting expert, Alyson Schafer, assures us that separation anxiety is a perfectly normal respons...